Every once in a while, it is discovered that a medical procedure, injection or practice can have alternate benefits beyond their intended use. One such example would be Botox to prevent under arm sweating. Board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr Anthony J Geroulis typically uses Botox therapy injections to reduce the appearance fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead, between the eyebrows and around the eyes. While Dr. Geroulis has been using Botox injections to improve the appearance of wrinkles in patients for many years, he now also has some patients who opt for Botox to reduce their sweating tendencies. However, this is only intended for patients who experience severe sweating.
Another such example would be Restylane, a dense, volumizing filler made of hyaluronic acid that is typically injected into lips to increase fullness. Dr. Geroulis usually injects Restylane into his patients’ lips to target emerging wrinkles above and below the vermilion borders, increasing lip volume and halting the thinning of the skin of the lips. It may also be the case that Restylane boosts the collagen- producing cells in a way to create more collagen by themselves, long after injection. This continual stimulation of collagen cell production reinforces existing collagen and elastin, which means that Restylane injections can extend the duration of results with successive and subsequent injections.